Veon convicted in Bonusgate trial

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HARRISBURG – Former Rep. Michael R. Veon, once among the most powerful politicians in the state Capitol, was convicted [last] night of masterminding a scheme to have the public underwrite the campaigns of House Democrats.

He was found guilty on 14 counts of theft, conflict of interest and conspiracy. He was found not guilty on 45 counts.

The case that gave the Bonusgate corruption scandal its name centered on a secret scheme to award $1.4 million in government bonuses to legislative staffers as rewards for working on the campaigns of Democrats running for House seats between 2002 and 2006.

Full story: Veon convicted in Bonusgate trial | Philadelphia Inquirer | 03/22/2010